MacKillop, Fionn and Boudreau, Julie-Anne (2008) Water and power networks and urban fragmentation in Los Angeles: rethinking assumed mechanisms. Geoforum, 39 (6). pp. 1833-1842. ISSN 0016-7185
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2008.07.005
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2008.07.005
Los Angeles is often described as the epitome of urban fragmentation, a notion which in this context is frequently connected to, or even conflated with urban sprawl. At the same time, the city features integrated water and power networks which have been under public ownership for over 70 years. We thus have an apparent paradox in the context of the debate on 'splintering urbanism', between socio-spatial fragmentation and the integration of networks. In discussing the idea that deregulation of infrastructural networks exacerbates urban fragmentation, the authors use the case of Los Angeles in order to highlight the central role of private interests in management decisions concerning infrastructure networks. The authors carry out their analysis in an historical perspective, revealing that network integration and universal access can often serve private interests more than the public good. Urban fragmentation in Los Angeles, they conclude, is the result of a complex process of instrumentalisation of network development and management.
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|Additional Information:||Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. Dr Fionn MacKillop is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Office of Research, Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development, Springfield Campus, E-mail : Fionn.MacKillop@usq.edu.au|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||incorporation; integration; Los Angeles; secession; splintering urbanism; sprawl; urban fragmentation; urban networks; water and power networks|
|Fields of Research (FOR2008):||09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090505 Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management|
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120507 Urban Analysis and Development
|Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008):||E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design|
|Deposited On:||22 Jun 2011 20:44|
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